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    24 Kid's Skin And Hair Products That Seriously Just *Work*

    Holy grail moisturizing cream, anti-nail-biting pen, bubble bath pods designed for kids with eczema, and more to help solve all your kids' skin-related woes.

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. Cerave moisturizing cream parents call their "holy grail" because it works wonders to keep their kid's eczema flare-ups at bay and soothe dry, chapped winter skin. It's formulated to provide intense moisturizing protection for babies with a gentle, fragrance- and paraben-free formula.

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    Promising review: "Cerave was recommended to us by our daughter's pediatrician to help with her eczema. While she still has eczema, this cream is fantastic with keeping her skin smooth and keeping her irritation at bay. She no longer has the red bumps or splotchy red spots on her skin and rarely has flare-ups anymore! We use Cerave every night after bath time and not only does it keep our baby's skin smooth, but it keeps Mama's hands silky smooth as well! During our first vacation, we made the decision to bring several sample lotions of different brands and we found they just were not the same. We highly recommend this baby cream!" —TheGummyMummy

    Get it from Amazon for $8.49+ (available in two sizes).

    2. And a pack of gentle bubble pods designed for kids who have eczema (or extra-sensitive skin) so they can finally indulge in some sudsy fun without worry that it will trigger flare-ups. These use calming, natural ingredients but still make a TON of long-lasting bubbles. 🛁🛁🛁

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    These come in single use premeasured pods ready to plop in the tub.

    Promising review: "My daughter has severe eczema so for the longest we avoided bubble baths due to the scented formulas and they would cause reactions and further itching — even the favorited, hypoallergenic ones. Came across this and tried it. These little pods are amazing. Expensive but good. The pods dissolve easily in water and the bubbles lasts a long time. My daughter has not complained of any itching, loves the bubbles and hasn't experienced any rashes or outbreaks. Use them for my other daughter too who doesn't have eczema and she's been fine with their use too. Will have to add this to our favorites list." —Missy2be

    Get a pack of eight from Amazon for $8.99 (available in lavender scent and unscented).

    3. A pack of brightly colored Crayola hand sanitizers for getting reluctant kids ~actually~ excited about disinfecting their hands. (Don't worry, parents, they dry clear just like any other sanitizer).

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    Promising review: "I have been looking for a child-friendly sanitizer for months now and I couldn’t find anything that my kids would want to put on their fingers. I ordered this and was extremely pleased with the packaging and design. The sanitizer had no unusual smell. And most important my kids are OBSESSED. Win-win. THIS IS A MUST ORDER!! HIGHLY Recommend!" —Sam brown

    Get a pack of four from Amazon for $12.99.

    4. An anti-nail-biting pen that tastes sooo awful it'll basically make your kiddos want to 🤮 at the very thought of biting their nails or sucking their thumb *ever again* (which is exactly the point).

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    Plus, it has anti-inflammatory ingredients like organic aloe leaf juice and organic eucalyptus leaf to soothe sore fingers.

    Promising review: "I love this stuff!! It’s taste horrible, which was great to help stop my 4-year-old from biting her nails. In about three days she completely stopped now and her nails have grown." —Denise Batista

    Promising review: "OMG it works!! My 3.5-year-old was a constant thumb sucker. Four days and she hasn't put her thumb in her mouth!! It's the worst taste ever but it works. We tell her we are painting her nails. We put it on during the day and at night. Best product around." —Natalie Plaza

    Get it from Amazon for $16.95.

    5. And a viral TikTok pick 'n peel stone reviewers say will provide an oh so satisfying alternative if your kids can't stop picking their skin due to anxiety or habit.

    A model using a tiny hook to pick blue paint out of a lava rock with tiny holes
    Pick 'N Peel Stones/Etsy

    Pick 'N Peel Stones is a small biz based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, that specializes in pickable painted lava rocks.

    Promising review: "My daughter picks at her fingers out of nervousness and stress during remote learning. This has taken the picking off her fingers and onto the rock. We've refilled it a few times already and her fingers are healing now that she isn't picking them anymore." —Anne

    Get it from Pick 'N Peel Stones on Etsy for $9.99.

    6. A leave-in conditioning spray for curly hair so your little one's curls are restored to their former glory once more! It's also free from any toxic stuff including parabens, sulfates, and phthalates.

    Reviewer's before photo showing their child's curly hair before using the spray and after photo showing glossy curls with the spray
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    Reviewers say this spray will leave wavy or curly hair (from 2a–4c hair) shiny, soft, and bouncy.

    Promising review: "This stuff is fantastic for curly girls! I spray it in my daughter's dry hair in the morning, run my fingers through her ringlets (never ever comb or brush curly hair dry), then clip the top back. It smells amazing, and the price on Amazon is better than other national retailers I've found it at. The price is worth it. Minimizes frizz and keeps curls soft and natural looking. My daughter has soft/fine, thick hair." —Carolyn Smith

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    7. A coconut and shea butter conditioning detangler with 10,000 5-star reviews (!!!) raving that it's the BEST STUFF ON THE PLANET. Just a few spritzes will combat hair woes — from making knots vanish after a swim to taming frizz when humidity is *through the roof*.

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    BTW, it's not just for kids; adults love it too and say it detangles and softens straight and curly (including 4a–4c) hair!

    Promising review: "All I can say is WOW!!!!! This is by far the best conditioning spray I have purchased. I have spent a lot of money on the expensive 'miracle detanglers' and 'miracle brushes,' coconut oils, and hours combing out big knots in my daughter's hair when this is all that’s needed! Her hair is a disaster full of knots after the beach. I sprayed this on before going to the beach and it made all the difference in the world. Goes to show that the expensive stuff is NOT always the best. PLEASE DON’T EVER STOP MAKING THIS!!!!!" —G

    Get it from Amazon for $3.78.

    8. A cradle cap comb that'll remove dry skin from your bubba's scalp ~oh so gently~ using soft rubber bristles and a fine-toothed comb.

    A baby's head with dry scales on the left and the same baby's head looking smoother and flake-free on the right
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    New parents, don't panic. Cradle cap — aka seborrheic dermatitis — is a very common dry scalp condition that affects infants.

    Promising review: "The pictures posted here are legit. It makes removal so much easier and gives more consistent removal than my previous method of washcloths or just scratching the cradle cap off with my fingernails. It’s amazing and gross and wonderful. My babe doesn’t even flinch when I spend 10 minutes clearing his scalp of all the goo. It seems to be soothing to him. I just apply baby shampoo, then brush a little with the blue brush. Then I slowly start to comb in sections all in one direction. Then I go back and forth in multiple directions. It’s shocking the amount of dead skin that comes off. I’ve even used it successfully in his eyebrows (he gets some cradle cap there too). This is a KEEPER!" —ZMomUtah

    Get it from Amazon for $4.99.

    9. A therapeutic anti-fungal bodywash made with a blend of essential oils including tea tree oil to clear up a whole host of skin issues like athlete's foot, ringworm, toenail fungus, and body odor.

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    Promising review: "I purchased Remedy Soap for my tween daughter who was struggling with horrible armpit and foot odor. I tried everything to help her control this — men's deodorant, alcohol, lemon under her armpits, tea bags in her shoes, washing her clothes in vinegar, etc. After reading hundreds of positive reviews, I bought the soap with the hope that it would help significantly reduce her foot and armpit odor. To my amazement, it eliminated her odor completely!! She went through a whole day at school, including PE, and came home smelling as fresh as she did when she left that morning. That has NEVER happened this entire school year!! Needless to say, my husband and I are beyond pleased with our daughter's results. It has truly put a smile back on my family's faces." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $12.43.

    10. A soothing shampoo scalp massager to exfoliate your tiny human's scalp so they don't have to suffer all the itchy, flaky dryness that tends to rear its ugly *head* as the days get colder.

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    Promising review: "My daughter had lots of problems with dry scalp and eczema on her scalp, after using this for just a few days her scalp looks great! No more dandruff or dry patches. She loves it and uses it all the time now." —april

    Get it from Amazon for $7.98+ (available in three colors).

    11. A bug bite suction tool (invented by a mom) that's worth the Shark Tank hype. This ingenious device sucks out all kinds of bug bites, instantly relieving itching and swelling, so your kids aren't left trying to scratch their skin off.

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    Promising review: "I got this just in time for a family camping trip, as my child and I are both highly allergic to mosquitoes and the bites swell up very badly. We both used this on our bites and I am shocked at the results! The bites did not swell up like they normally do, and the itching was reduced to a minimum. I am absolutely sold and would recommend this product to anyone with bug bite issues!" —dzmom

    Promising review: "I love it! Best money I've ever spent. My children and I are a buffet for mosquitoes during summer and this little device works amazing, given the fact that it doesn’t use chemicals. I can use it on anyone, anytime, and it’s so easy to clean and reusable. I would definitely recommend this Bug Bite Thing to everyone! The best thing of all is that it immediately stops the itching and the bite goes away within a few minutes of using it. It’s so easy even the kids can do it. You won’t regret this purchase!!!!" —Lilian Perez

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95 (available in two colors).

    12. A creamy unicorn whipped body butter topped with a hint of glitter that'll not only soak into the skin decadently (no greasy residue!) but will also add a sprinkle of magic dust to anyone's day.

    Mini jars containing the rainbow colored whipped cream
    Sun Basil Garden Soap / Etsy

    Sun Basil Garden Soap is a small biz based in Middletown, Delaware, owned by a mom, that specializes in spa gifts.

    Promising review: "Fast shipping, beautifully packaged. My 7-year-old daughter LOVES it. We have been enjoying 'Mommy and Me Spa Days' at home and this unicorn body butter is the perfect addition. It smells beautiful, leaves our skin super soft, and the bit of glitter makes it extra special!" Denise Marino

    Get it from Sun Basil Garden Soap on Etsy for $4.50+ (available in five different quantities).

    13. A detangling brush that'll glide through knots to turn your kiddo's daily hair-brushing ordeal into a painless experience without *ouchies or tears* (for both of you). Just trust the 40,000+ people who gave it a 5-star review.

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    Reviewers swear this brush works on all hair types: straight, wavy, or curly (from 3a–4c hair).

    Promising review: "I'm a single dad of a 6-year-old girl and combing her hair is the hardest part of taking care of her. She gets really bad knots in her hair. This brush is the only thing that has ever worked. Thank you so much. She even likes to comb her own hair now." —Nguyen P.

    Get it from Amazon for $11.88 (available in six colors).

    14. And a Revlon hot-air brush because it takes a gazillion hours to blow-dry and style your and your child's hair every morning. This tool will deliver a sleek, salon-quality blowout in *half the time* and miraculously get you out the door.

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    Reviewers swear this brush works on all hair types, whether straight, wavy, or curly (from 3a–4c hair).

    Promising review: "If I could give this product 10 stars, I would. I have been heat styling my hair once every other day for the past 12–14 years and for almost all of that time, that entailed drying it with a hair dryer first, then straightening it with a flat iron. I finally ended up buying this product to try after an overwhelming endorsement from a shopping group I belong to and it is a GAME CHANGER. The thing I like the most about it is that it feels like it does significantly less damage to my hair than my usual method of styling. It does a better job turning out fresh-looking, bouncy hair in a shorter time than even my best hair day used to be with the hair dryer and straightener. Even my 13-year-old daughter, who has very fine, flat hair was able to get some wave and volume using this. We both love it, and she can do it to herself with no trouble. Stop considering it and buy this thing right now." —Jen Em

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99+ (available in four colors).

    15. A lip repair night treatment that'll work intensely to heal chapped, cracked, and bleeding lips tormented by cold weather before you can even think, "those lips need some serious TLC."

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    Promising review: "This stuff is so amazing. My daughter's lips were cracked and bleeding for weeks. We tried so many products; coconut oil, OTC lip products, Vaseline, and finally Aquaphor and nothing touched it. I almost brought her to the doctor thinking it was some infection. Then one night of this and it started to resolve. The next day, she was 80% better and within a few days, completely gone. I'll never buy anything else." —Halwest

    Get it from Amazon for $5.99.

    16. And an organic beeswax lip balm made with hydrating and nourishing coconut oil and shea, mango, and cocoa butters to alleviate dry lips. They're a cut above your regular lip balm, boasting compostable packaging that won't end up in the landfill.

    Happy Plant Oils / Etsy

    Happy Plant Oils is a small biz based in Upper Lake, California, that specializes in organic, natural, and eco-friendly skincare products.

    Promising review: "My daughter LOVES the bubblegum flavor! Smells exactly like bubble yum! This is the best lip balm we have ever used. Thank you!" —Jennifer

    Get it from Happy Plant Oils on Etsy for $4 (available in 20 scents).

    17. A box of wart-removing pads that'll help get rid of pesky growths. Stick it on just like a bandage (meaning these will actually stay put on active kids)  and BAM — warts gone! 

    Promising review: "This stuff WORKS!! My daughter had a wart on the bottom of her foot for almost a year. The doctor prescribed two different creams that both burned her skin around the wart and stung very bad. These little pads were perfect! They cushioned around the wart so she could run and jump and play without pain. They also were super sticky! I was so impressed! It also only took three applications and her wart was gone! I have been recommending this product to EVERYONE!" —Sheena Stevens

    Promising review: "Worked wonders for my son. My son is young and scared of going to the doctor so I bought this for him to try out before making an appointment. These worked great for him. Since my son is young and VERY active I was afraid he wouldn't keep it on long during the day so I put one on him right before he went to bed. They are just like Band-Aids with a circle where the medication is. It was very easy to apply. Just peel and stick. I also used medical tape to hold it in place just in case my son moved a lot in his sleep. Then I had him wear socks while he had it on. In the morning we took it off just to see if it worked at all and it worked. It removed this 'huge black seed'–looking thing. My son said his toe didn't hurt anymore. On the second day I used another pad and it removed another black seed but this one was smaller. I used a total of four pads and his sore is gone. So glad we went with this product instead of taking him to a doctor." —Zachariah Knight

    Get 14 pads from Amazon for $6.96.

    18. A USDA-certified organic baby healing balm made with chamomile, cocoa butter, coconut oil, calendula, and avocado oil that reviewers say will alleviate eczema, acne, cradle cap, rashes, and more. No joke, it's a multipurpose miracle worker!

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    Promising review: "This stuff is AMAZING; I wish I could give it 10 stars. My baby had cradle cap & baby eczema really bad, his entire face had broken out. Once I put this on his skin it cleared up in two days. My husband had a rash on his arm and it cleared that up too. I recommend this to anyone. In the pic is my son's face & the other side is two days later. As a matter of fact, I’m ordering some more as soon as I finish typing this just to have it on hand." —Sheri Watson

    Get it from Amazon for $10.89.

    19. Cerave fragrance-free cream that'll drench sensitive or eczema-prone skin with the moisture it needs without causing any irritation. It has a heck of a lot of *glowing* reviews for a reason.

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    Promising review: "Our doctor recommended this for my daughter’s sensitive skin, and it was so great that I have now purchased it for both my daughter’s and myself (nearly 50 years old). It works better for me than the very expensive department store face creams I was using. There is virtually no scent. It is not sticky or greasy, but continues to moisturize for hours after using it. We use it on face and body both. I have dry skin. My teenage girls have sensitive skin prone to acne. It works for all three of us. I combined it with the Cerave sensitive-skin face wash and my daughter’s acne is all but gone." —Angelina S.

    Promising review: "My daughter has severe eczema, one of the worst cases I've seen in awhile. We have to have her on Benadryl constantly because she'll claw herself until she bleeds. We tried everything and eventually the doctor pointed us to Cerave instead of Cetaphil. The cream does an amazing job. We have to give my daughter a bath every night and it goes on right after. It's thick but it doesn't weigh down like a lot of creams. We rub it in until you see a little bit of white still left and then put her in long PJs to give the most moisturizing capabilities. This stuff has allowed my kid to be a kid. She rarely screams anymore when we have to put this one because it takes care of the itching so she isn't breaking skin. Honestly this stuff is amazing." —erinlbyrd

    Get it from Amazon for $10.89.

    20. Lavinso Foot Exfoliation peeling masks if your teenager or older kids suffer from dry, cracked feet with calluses. These will slough off all the dead skin, leaving their feet feeling as soft as a baby's bottom.

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    Promising review: "I bought this for my son, who has terrible issues with cracked feet. Nothing we’ve tried has worked, and the skin on his heels and toes is so thick and rough. One application worked wonders. He had a big crack on one big toe, so we had to modify one bootie because the gel burned that spot, but otherwise they were comfortable for him. We soaked his feet as recommended and put socks and thick lotion on each night. I can’t get over how much better his feet are! Now that the cracks are almost healed, we’ll be using the second set soon, and then ordering more to keep up on his much improved skin." —Mandy

    Get it from Amazon for $27.95.

    21. A Cushy Tushy diaper rash cream made with organic ingredients like calendula, plantain, and coconut oil that'll soothe and heal your little babe's butt without any chemical nasties.

    Three jars of the diaper cream
    Empire Squid / Etsy

    Empire Squid is a small biz based in Los Angeles, California, owned by a wife-husband (and toddler and baby) team that specializes in organic and all-natural products that are both good for our bodies and good for the Earth.

    Attention parents: Please begin by using just a touch of your butt balm on a small section of your baby's skin to test for adverse reactions. 

    Promising review: "Love this! My child’s daycare provider used this on my baby and the diaper rash was gone in a few hours! Now that’s a miracle!" —DeTrece 

    Get it from Empire Squid on Etsy for $18+ (available in two sizes and with or without essential oils).

    22. Nizoral Anti-Dandruff Shampoo if you've almost given up after battling your child's flaking, scaling, and itching scalp. This shampoo (which contains 1% ketoconazole) works so effectively you'll wonder why it's so dang cheap.

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    Recommended for ages 12+.

    Promising Review: "This product saved my son's life!!! Like literally!! He's been having dandruff and white patches all over his head since the third grade!! My son is now a high school graduate! Growing up, his dandruff would flake all over his shirts. It was horrible! We tried many many products! Nothing seems to work!! He never wanted to ever go to the barber shop to get his hair cut because he was so embarrassed of the white patches. So we would cut his hair at home. We learned about this product not long ago. And MIRACULOUSLY, after several washes...his patches began to disappear!! His dandruff, NO MORE!! Nothing at all!!! We're BEYOND happy!! Joyful tears!! This work wonders!!! Thank you to whoever made this product and to Amazon for having it be available for us to purchase! Thank you, Thank You!!" —Zae S

    Get it from Amazon from $14.84.

    23. A box of Avarelle hydrocolloid patches with a blend of tea tree oil and calendula oils that'll suck out all the gunk and shrink zits overnight. It'll become your secret weapon to help your teen (or you) combat breakouts.

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    Promising review: "I have referred this product to every one I know!!! I originally found these on a couple of lists of Amazon must buy products so I decided to purchase them. We were not disappointed!! Being in my mid thirties I don’t get very many pimples but when I do they always seem to be painful and these little things help tremendously in just one wearing. My daughter is 16 and has very bad hormonal acne and these patches are a lifesaver especially when it comes to keeping her from picking at her face. We have purchased multiple times and will continue purchasing!!!" —Carly

    Get 40 patches from Amazon for $8.49.

    24. A Briogeo deep-conditioning hair mask made with algae extract, B vitamins, biotin, plus rose hip and almond oils that'll breathe new life into your mane — turning it from straw to silk.

    Before and after photos showing a model with natural curly hair looking dry and looking moisturized after using the mask
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    This cruelty-free hair mask is safe for color-treated, keratin-treated, chemically treated, and relaxed hair. It works on all hair types, whether straight, wavy, or curly (from 3a–4c hair).

    Briogeo is a Black-owned, woman-owned business specializing in haircare.

    Promising review: "Hands down the best mask. I have a teen daughter who is starting high school. She is natural, never had any chemicals in her hair. She wanted some highlights and color on her bang area. I was worried at first. I knew I had to change the hair products and regime for her natural colored hair. I came across an email from a naturally curly website I subscribe to. They list this conditioner along with others as the best for colored-treated hair. After reading the reviews on Amazon and despite the price, I bought it. Best decision. I coat her hair with this product and set her under our hair steamer. Wash it out and it was amazing on her hair. I know everyone's hair acts differentially, but i finally found something that her hair loves. Combing was a breeze. The finished result was beautiful. I cant wait to try this on my relaxed hair. Whether you have natural, colored, or relaxed hair it is the best conditioner hair mask." —Sunny Sunshine

    Get it from Amazon for $38.

    The reviews for this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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